Felipe Menanteau

 Felipe Menanteau

Contact Information

2050F NCSA
1205 West Clark St.
M/C 257
Research Associate Professor
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Additional Campus Affiliations

  • Research Scientist - NCSA

Research Interests

  • Observational Cosmology
  • Clusters of Galaxies and Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect
  • Large Surveys
  • Data analysis pipelines for surveys, algorithms for data mining
  • Galaxy Formation and Evolution

Research Description

Felipe Menanteau's research interests focus on Observational Cosmology, he uses clusters of galaxies discovered in Sunyaev-Zel’dovich (SZ) surveys as signposts to probe the growth of structure in the Universe. He has led the optical/infrared follow-up campaign for the first generation of SZ surveys from the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT). He also led the discovery of "El Gordo," the most massive cluster known at high redshift. His research also centers on large optical surveys, algorithms for data mining. He led the analysis for the Blanco Cosmology Survey, and is currently working integrating image analysis algorithms for the Dark Energy Suvey (DES) Data Managment at NCSA.


  • Ph.D (2000), Astronomy, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University,UK
  • Lic.(1996), Physics, Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile

Selected Publications

In The News

  • Prof. Felipe Menanteau and Astronomy Senior Lina Florez are part of Cena y Ciencias (Supper and Science), a science and pizza night conducted in Spanish with scientists of Hispanic heritage, led by Prof. Menanteau .

  • The Dark Energy Survey releases first three years of data. Illinois plays a large role in the data and the science. The release consists of 38,000 single exposure images over roughly 5,000 square degrees, resulting in nearly 310 million galaxies and 80 million stars cataloged.

  • Prof. Felipe Menanteau and the Dark Energy Survey team use supercomputers to map the Universe and find its ingredients.